Only a few former Pioneer engineers work for them, and that doesn't change the fact that Panasonic manufactures to specific price points instead of levels of picture quality. (just ask Bob Perry) The fact is that Kuro tech is costly to implement and would ultimately kill margins unless they raised their prices astronomically. Of course, they could relegate it to the Z-series seeing as how that's touted as the ultra high end, but most that spend that much money on a TV don't have a clue nor care about PQ anyway. (again, ask Bob Perry) Up until now, it seems that Panasonic has Kuro engineers working for them just to help market them to the videophile crowd. We were promised space discharge phosphors for this year. We didn't get them.
Oh I agree. The VT20/25 has great initial picture quality and, initially, the G20/25 is a great value. However, Panasonic's smoke and mirrors approach to PQ over the past few generations makes it difficult to recommend their products until they acknowledge that they've fixed their voltage drive issues. I was made privy to them the hard way. My G10's contrast went bye-bye in what seemed like the course of a week and I was left scratching my head thinking I needed to see an eye doctor. Instead, I revisited AVS for answers and, wouldn't you know it, it was a common problem. Panasonic has since acknowledged it, but had taken the stance of "it's not a defect, it's a feature." The thing's PQ was dominated by my brother's Samsung Black Friday special (a very limited run, entry level set) that was 2 years older. My problem occurred before the big explosion of complaints, so Panasonic actually replaced the video board once as the tech, in fact, acknowledged it as an "isolated issue." After Panasonic stonewalled, my warranty company picked up their slack and gave me a full credit to put toward my lovely, problem-free Kuro. This year's offerings are using the same voltage driving algorithms, but their aggression has been toned down so the change is "less noticeable." Still, Panasonic is taking the stance that the black level needs to rise to maintain proper functionality throughout the set's life. (to the point of lying and saying all manufacturers do it... FALSE)
EDIT: That's weird. Not sure why that's in two different fonts.
Edited by Curly21029 - 7/28/10 at 8:08am